After a remarkably healthy 2014 season that saw them win the American League pennant, the Kansas City Royals are being tested by a rash of injuries to several key players.
Outfielders Alex Gordon and Alex Rios, infielders Alcides Escobar and Omar Infante and closer Greg Holland have all missed time in the early going with one injury or another. Here are updates on how the recoveries are going from each of the respective injuries:
The news is best on the Royals shortstop, who Kansas City hopes to have back in the lineup tonight or tomorrow after missing the last two games with a bone bruise in his knee after a hard slide from the A's Brett Lawrie on Friday, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi:
#Royals hope Alcides Escobar will return to lineup tonight or tomorrow. He suffered a bone bruise on left knee in collision w/ Lawrie.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 20, 2015
Escobar was replaced in the lineup by 25-year-old infielder Christian Colon in the lineup on Saturday and Sunday. He played all 162 games for the Royals in 2014.
The Royals' All-Star left fielder has been sitting out every third game this year after undergoing wrist surgery in the offseason. Gordon's latest rest day came Sunday, when he was replaced by Jarrod Dyson after being replaced by Paulo Orlando on his three previous rest days. The regular rest for Gordon is expected to continue through at least April, according to Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP in Kansas City:
#Royals Yost says the cautious approach with Alex Gordon will likely continue through April.— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) April 19, 2015
Gordon played 156 games last season.
Kansas City's closer was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a right pectoral strain. Right-hander Wade Davis has taken over the closer's role while Holland is out, earning the save Sunday against Oakland. There is no timetable for Holland's return. Holland made 65 appearances for the Royals in 2014, earning 46 saves. Max Rieper has more on Holland's injury at Royals Review.
Second baseman Omar Infante left yesterday's game in the fifth inning with a strained groin and will likely miss some time, according to Royals manager Ned Yost. Yost also said that Kansas City will likely be forced into making a roster move with the uncertainty surrounding Infante and Escobar. If a roster move is not made prior to tonight's game against Minnesota, look for infielder Orlando Calixte to get his first big league start.
Veteran outfielder Alex Rios was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken hand. Dyson and Orlando have filled in at right field for Rios so far, with both of them starting on days Gordon is rested. More details on Rios' injury can be found here.